The High Council of State (HCS) said on Saturday that corruption has become a pervasive epidemic in Libya, permeating all aspects of life.

In a statement to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, the HCS confirmed that corruption remains one of the biggest challenges facing the Libyan state, stressing the need for further action and cooperation among relevant institutions to tackle this issue.

The statement highlighted that Libya signed and ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which includes establishing institutions to combat and prevent corruption.

It also warned of the negative impact of corruption on all facets of society, as it is typically associated with conflicts and instability that impede social and economic development, and erode the foundations of democratic institutions and the rule of law, as per the HCS statement.

Corruption is a complex global social, political, and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. It undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development, and contributes to governmental instability, the HCS added.